The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly close to trading their young forward Derrick Williams and the Brooklyn Nets are among the potential suitors for his services, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities.
Williams, a 22-year-old and former 2nd overall draft pick that also shares the nickname D-Will, has averaged 16.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 45.9 during parts of three seasons in the NBA.
After he started 56 games for the T-Wolves last season, Williams has come off the bench for all 11 games this year and has been the subject to trade rumors all along. Per various reports, it has been the Sacramento Kings that have been the most aggressive for his services, but the Nets have struggled mightily and might be looking to make a move to rejuvenate this squad.
The problem is that the Nets are restricted in what they can do because of their payroll situation. For a trade to work, as suggested by Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game, the best scenario is Mirza Teletovic and either Reggie Evans or Mason Plumlee. The problem with that is, as Kharpertian pointed out, it’s not an especially attractive package.